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Kathleen Parker on “The Tea Fragger Party”


First, we had the 2008 Republican Presidential nominee calling the tea partiers “bizarro” for their absurd, extreme demands regarding the debt ceiling. Now, we have the right-of-center columnist Kathleen Parker nailing these people for exactly what they are.

Take names. Remember them. The behavior of certain Republicans who call themselves Tea Party conservatives makes them the most destructive posse of misguided “patriots” we’ve seen in recent memory.

If the nation defaults on its financial obligations, the blame belongs to the Tea Party Republicans who fragged their own leader, John Boehner

So true. However, having pointed the finger at the Tea Party, Parker doesn’t let Republicans off the hook either, mocking them for their “silly”  “Cut, Cap and Balance” pledge, and asking, “Didn’t they get enough Scouting?” Apparently not.

Finally, Parker cuts to the chase, which everybody should keep in mind as they watch this fiasco unfold:

The Tea Partyers who wanted to oust Barack Obama have greatly enhanced his chances for reelection by undermining their own leader and damaging the country in the process. The debt ceiling may have been raised and the crisis averted by the time this column appears, but that event should not erase the memory of what transpired. The Tea Party was a movement that changed the conversation in Washington, but it has steeped too long and has become toxic.

It’s time to toss it out.

Actually, this “toxic” movement should have been tossed out at its inception, before the corporate media (and the Koch brothers and other wealthy reactionaries who are funding it and pulling its puppet strings) ever turned it into a phenomenon, for no good reason whatsoever (except for ratings, as people LOVE the “freak show”) in 2009-2010. But, better late than never I suppose. How about we start this November here in Virginia? Then, in November 2012, let’s send every single one of these flat earthers back where they came from, presumably a dark, moldy, decrepit place where reason, learning, knowledge, and enlightenment have never made an appearance, and where lunacy, ignorance, and nastiness – including “fragging” their leaders for not being extremist enough – prevails.

One last question, which I’ve asked before and will ask again: How on earth did a movement like this arise in our great nation, and how did the Party of Lincoln (and Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, etc.) plummet to this bizarre, tear-down-the-temple-if-we-can’t-get-our-way-100%, nihilistic dead end? It’s like the worst of McCarthyism, Know-Nothingism, the John Birch Society, the Larouchies, the “Moral Majority,” and the Dixiecrats (e.g., George Wallace, Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms) all joined together and decided to destroy our country. The big question is, how did they gain enough support to actually take charge of the U.S. House of Representatives? Has a significant percentage of this country gone utterly mad? On days like these, it sure seems that way.


    Tea Party came into being simply because they absolutely hate President Obama. As do the mainstream rethugs. In all my years I have never seen such an outright hatred of a sitting  US president. They will bring down this country in order to do him in. But it is backfiring on them and he will come out ahead and eventually the sane Americans will see the tea party for what it is-racist, ideological, stupid crazy nutjobs. After this current fiasco in Washington, I do believe they will be thrown out of office in their next election.

    One can only hope Americans will come to their senses and kick these guys to the curb.

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    Great enough numbers.  Everyone who stayed home caused this.  So too did the peel-away the vote efforts by Teabaggers like Jan Brewer, who as Sec of State dropped one third of all Phoenix voters off the roles.  Federal prosecutors could not find one legitimate instance of a voter who registered in Phoenux improperly.  But Brewer had gotten away with massive disenfranchisement much larger than Katherine Harris ever dreamed of.

  • This explains it very well. Here’s the final paragraph, but definitely read the entire thing.

    The Tea Party Caucus knows what it knows, and refuses to accept any and all evidence to the contrary, no matter what the source.  They are not clear and consistent thinkers.  They believe economic chaos is better than making government better and more effective.  Indeed, they don’t accept the legitimacy of government at all.  And “believing” that you can change their minds about what they believe, is also magical thinking.